October 11, 2016, 4:56 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church           Sunday, October 16, 2016


Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 16

As we have done the last few years, St. John’s will join with First United Methodist Church for the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.  One BIG change this year is that the event will take place at the Helena West-Helena Humane Society facility at 9518 Phillips 300 Road. (Old Little Rock Road.) All animals and their humans are invited!

The Blessing of the Animals Event is usually held on or near the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which falls on October 6.  The event is being held a little later this year due to the Blues Festival.  In the spirit of St. Francis, it is hoped that holding this year’s event at the Humane Society will serve to remind all of us of the many homeless animals in our community as well as provide opportunity for those who may be considering adopting a new pet.  Fr. Ray


We are only ONE WEEK away from our Hundredth Birthday Celebration on Saturday, October 22!  The committee working on this event has done a splendid job planning and organizing for this milestone in the life of St. John’s.  I hope you are planning to be present for this joyous occasion.  While we are thankful for the lovely building in which we worship, we are even more grateful for the hundreds of people who have worshipped in it over the course of the last century.  They came week after week to hear God’s word proclaimed, partake of the Blessed Sacrament, experience Christian fellowship and be sent forth to live out the Gospel in word and deed.  Some of their pictures are on display in the undercroft.  Though gone from our physical presence they still join us in the great song of the saints before the throne of God.  “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might! Heaven and earth are full of your glory!”  Indeed it is! --- Fr. Ray



All church members and friends are asked to RSVP for the Hundredth Birthday Celebration and Dinner on Saturday, October 22.  Your RSVP will help the committee in ordering meals for the delicious catered dinner that will be served following the worship service.  You can RSVP by calling Marjie at the church office at 338-8115 or emailing her at

Invitation attached below




Worship and Education News:


Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  October 16th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 24): Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5; Luke 18:1-8


Pastoral News:

What Do You Love About St. John’s?

The month of October will be Stewardship Month at St. John’s.  Each year members and friends of the congregation are invited to share ways in which St. John’s is a blessing to them or reasons they give financially to support the mission and ministry of the church.  You are invited to submit your blessings and reasons for being supportive to the church office.  With your permission we will print them in our October newsletters.  These submissions can be mailed to the church office, email to, dropped off at the church office, or placed in an envelope in the offering plate on Sunday morning.                                                                                                  ________________________________________

Fr. Ray is leading a four-week study on major themes from the works and life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer each week ending Wednesday, October 19. Remaining class sessions include:

October 12:         Religionless Christianity

October 19:         Come and Die

Classes will be meet at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the undercroft. 


Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Ruth Howe, and Carol Jennings.



Outreach News

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, October 12th, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, D Bonhoeffer class

Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, October 13th, NO NOONDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK

Saturday, October 15th, 10:00 am, All Altar Guild members will meet to polish.

Sunday duties October 16th, 2016:

Acolyte – Ned Pillow

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Bill & Carol Simmons

Sunday, October 16th, from 3 to 5 pm, Blessing of the Animals at H-WH Humane Society on Old Little Rock Road.

Monday, October 17, 5:30 pm, Vestry monthly meeting at the church

Wednesday, October 19th, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, D Bonhoeffer class

Wednesday, October 19th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, October 20th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Saturday, October 22nd:

            2:30 pm, Organ Concert

            4:00 pm, Holy Eucharist followed by Fellowship and Dinner


One Hundredth Birthday CelebrationOctober 22-23

Chairperson of Birthday Committee:  Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses:  Angie Fielder

Food:  Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia:  Grace Henderson

Decorations:  Carla Myers



In preparation for our Hundredth Birthday Celebration we want to spruce up our nursery for the little ones who will be attending with their parents.  The Birthday Committee would like to place some new toys in the nursery.  Suggested items include dolls, toy cars and trucks, toy shopping cart, push and pull toys and large-piece puzzles.  Other items are welcome, too. The committee is requesting new, not used toys.

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262



St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519     


Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342